Baywatch actor and international pop star David Hasselhoff has released a second single from his upcoming studio album, Open Your Eyes: a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s 1990 alternative rock hit “Head On” featuring a guest appearance by Cars guitarist Elliot Easton.
The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out the song on YouTube.
Hasselhoff’s “Head On” cover follows the release of the lead single and title track of Open Your Eyes, a rendition of a 1982 rock-radio hit by the goth-rock group The Lords of the New Church. Stooges guitarist James Williamson lends his talents to the tune, and an official video for the track debuted on the Cleopatra Records YouTube channel earlier this month.
The Open Your Eyes album will be released this Friday, September 27. It features Hasselhoff collaborating with an improbable array of guest artists on an eclectic selection of cover tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
Besides Easton and Williamson, the musicians who appear on the album include Todd Rundgren, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, A Flock of Seagulls, soul-guitar legend Steve Cropper, veteran country star Charlie Daniels and Ministry.
Rundgren contributes to a version of “Jump in My Car,” which was a U.K. hit for Hasselhoff in 2006; Stevens is featured on a version of Modern English‘s “I Melt with You”; A Flock of Seagulls contribute to a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen‘s “Lips Like Sugar”; Cropper lends his talents to a rendition of The Archies‘ “Sugar, Sugar”; and Daniels appears on a version of Glen Campbell‘s smash “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
In perhaps the most bizarre collaboration on the record, Ministry join Hasselhoff for a rendition of Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline.”
Here the album’s full track list:
“Open Your Eyes” — featuring James Williamson
“Head On” — featuring Elliot Easton
“I Melt with You” — featuring Steve Stevens
“Lips Like Sugar” — featuring A Flock of Seagulls
“Heroes” — featuring Tyler Bates
“Here I Go Again” — featuring Tracii Guns
“Jump in My Car” — featuring Todd Rundgren
“Rhinestone Cowboy” — featuring Charlie Daniels
“If You Could Read My Mind” — featuring Ava Cherry
“Sugar, Sugar” — featuring Steve Cropper
“Mit 66 Jahren” — featuring Patrick Moraz*
“Sweet Caroline” — featuring Ministry
* = on CD only.
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